Saturday, 21 June 2008

the big haul-out part II - when the going gets tough

You may ask:
What have you two been up to this
last little while?

Well, let's see...

A few days ago, Kyra scraped the boot stripe grooves, (it's a paint stripe that runs right above the water line) after we scraped the entire hull with the help of friends AND she's been shamelessly flaunting her latest tattoo!

We've been mixing Epoxy.
And then more, and even more, oh, and then some more... (Epoxy is a two-part thermo-setting plastic resin that is used as an adhesive and filler
in wooden boat repair and construction.)

Here, Rick is epoxying one of the three spots where he scarfed in new plank sections after removing small rotted sections

... And here, he is sanding the cured Epoxy on the scarfs

Kyra faired the hull - here she's working on the stem. She is about to smooth down the Epoxy, which once cured, is sanded. This means the entire hull was sanded - and if you know Epoxy, you know it's very hard (even with special filler mixed in), therefore sanding involves a lot of time and effort.

(Fairing is making the boat a "single" surface, without bulges or dips).

Yesterday, the sheathing began...

We stretched the Xynole, (a polyester broadcloth, similar to 6oz fiberglass cloth, but more "elastic") over the hull and stapled it down. A wooden hull "works" - this means, it flexes when you're under-weigh and this cloth will move with the hull instead of crack like the fiberglass would.

The reason we're applying this fabric on the hull, is that being a strip-plank wooden boat, our Nyon is starting to leak a bit. After 50 years of "working", the seams of the edge-nailed and glued planks, are beginning to weep. This kind of construction lends itself to being sheathed with Epoxy and fabric layer.

Now is a great time to do this while the structure is in very good shape.

The Xynole is stapled on...

As you can see here...

...And here

... And here!

Once stretched and stapled, the Xynole is wetted out with Epoxy (with a paint roller and squeegie). The staples are removed as the fabric is wetted out.The fabric stays in place because of the surface tension of the Epoxy.The first half is curing this evening.

We will be continuing this stage of the process tomorrow.

Next three photos:

Glenn assesses the wetted Xynole

Rick trims the overlapping fabric

Rick smoothes the fabric back together, after trimming (which is called double-cutting).

So, now when you ask:
What have you two been up to lately?
We'll say,

Workin' on the boat!
And you'll know what we mean!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a cool material for over the planking. I would like to hear more about it when I see you guys...soon hopefully.
    Hope all is well.
    Take care,




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